12/21/21

Our scripture this morning is Micah 4:1‭-‬5.

In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised up above the hills. Peoples shall stream to it, and many nations shall come and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more; but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken. For all the peoples walk, each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.

The prophet Micah tells the people of Israel that they have been chosen for a holy task. He writes “For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem” (v. 2). God’s people have been called to share His love with the world.

Many other cultures worshiped idols and multiple false gods. However, Abraham and his family worshiped God Almighty and He promised Abraham that through him and his descendants all nations would be blessed. This covenant leads the faithful people of Israel to later go in the name of Jesus to share God’s love with the world.

As we celebrate the coming of the Messiah, we must remember the call to spread the Gospel of Christ applies to us today as well. Jesus Himself gave us this blessing. Each of us is commissioned to go in His name to tell the Good News to everyone.

Gracious God, we are grateful for all Your gifts to us, none more important than our savior. Help us to live into the work You give, that through us all nations might be blessed. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

Retired pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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